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Tuesday May 31, 2016
News Articles
Bernie Sanders Tells Jimmy Kimmel His Recipe for Working With the GOP in Congress (05/27/16) [1:51]
TYT | Bernie Sanders | The 2nd Young Turks Interview (full) (05/27/16) [43:08]
TYT | Trump's Energy Plan Is Insane (05/27/16) [14:54]
I ran across this Trump Compilation and found it interesting. It is obvious Trump doesn't mind saying what is on his mind, even if it isn't politically correct. We are all frustrated at our politicians for not saying/identifying all the issues that are so obvious to the rest of us. Either they are scared or they are trying to bury the issue so they don't alienate their donors. Why aren't the Presidential candidates discussing/fighting against:

  1. Citizen United & SuperPAC that have ruined our political system.
  2. National debt that is hovering at 20 trillion.
  3. Lack of criminal processions in the financial/banking industry.
  4. The astronomical Derivatives Market that has reached 1.3 Quadrillion in size.
  5. The Military Industrial Complex that can loose almost as much money as it 700 billion/year budget.
  6. Corporate welfare programs of 90 billion vs Social (people) welfare programs of 45 billion.
  7. NAPTA, TPP & TTIP Trade deals that were, and will be disasterous for our work force.
  8. Immigration of corporate money (Romney: "Corporations are People my friend").
  9. Privateizing God given resources, ie. clean air, water, food and shelter.
  10. National Budget
  11. Derivatives
Compilation: This is why Donald Trump deserves to be president! (04/20/16) [27:50]

Temperatures Could Rise Far More Than Previously Thought If Fossil Fuel Reserves Burned
AlterNet | Judith Lavoie / Desmog Canada | 05/24/16

Imagine a world where average temperatures are almost 10 degrees Celsius higher than today, an Arctic with temperatures almost 20 degrees warmer and some regions deluged with four times more rain.

That is the dramatic scenario predicted by a team of climate scientists led by the University of Victoria’s Katarzyna Tokarska, who looked at what would happen if the Earth’s remaining untapped fossil fuel reserves are burned.

That would result in average global temperature increases between 6.4 degrees and 9.5 degrees Celsius, with Arctic temperatures warming between 14.7 degrees and 19.5 degrees, says the paper published Monday in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change. ... Read more

TYT | War is Not About Truth, Justice and the American Way, Part 1 (replay) [8:26]
Breaking Through Power: Harvey Rosenfield on the Unconditional Bailout of Wall Street (05/26/16) [17:11]
TYT | Oregon Militia Upset They Can't Have Guns In Jail (05/27/16) [5:11]
*DR | Hillary Clinton’s Emails (05/31/16) [1hr]
Hillary Clinton has come under renewed scrutiny over her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. Last week the State Department’s inspector general released its report after investigating the matter. The report concluded that Clinton did not follow the requirements for handling records and should not have used a private server for department emails. Clinton’s critics were quick to say it underscores a lack of trustworthiness. Her defenders say she did little more than make a mistake by using a private server and there’s nothing in the inspector general’s report that’s very damaging. Diane and her guests discuss the continuing controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails.
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05.31.2016. 14:08

Friday May 27, 2016
News Articles

Why Bernie Sanders Still Can -- and Should -- Win the Nomination
HP | Rose Ann DeMoro | 05/26/16

A troika of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and their echo chamber in the major media are laboring to assure everyone that the Democratic nomination process is over.

They've failed to convince the people who actually vote and see Bernie Sanders wins in Indiana, West Virginia, Oregon, and a virtual tie in Kentucky. Here's 10 reasons why Bernie can still win, is the strongest candidate for November, and is helping build something the nation desperately needs.

  1. Sanders, the best bet to beat Trump - just wait until the debate.
  2. Yes, you can believe these polls.
  3. Yes, you can believe those polls, part 2
  4. Lots of votes still to be counted
  5. Momentum matters
  6. Super delegates will decide the nomination
  7. The most trusted candidate
  8. A public yearning for real change
  9. Who will really unite the Democratic Party?
  10. It's about the future
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Killing the Colorado
ProPublica | Abraham Lustgarden | older, but interesting 06/16/15

A COUPLE OF MILES outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona's sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West's largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart.

Football-field-length conveyors constantly feed it piles of coal, hauled 78 miles by train from where huge shovels and mining equipment scraped it out of the ground shortly before. Then, like a medieval mortar and pestle machine, wheels crush the stone against a large bowl into a smooth powder that is sprayed into tremendous furnaces -- some of the largest ever built. Those furnaces are stoked to 2,000 degrees, heating tubes of steam to produce enough pressure to drive an 80-ton rod of steel to spin faster than the speed of sound, converting the heat of the fires into electricity.

The power generated enables a modern wonder. It drives a set of pumps 325 miles down the Colorado River that heave trillions of gallons of water out of the river and send it shooting over mountains and through canals. That water -- lifted 3,000 vertical feet and carried 336 miles -- has enabled the cities of Phoenix and Tucson to rapidly expand.

This achievement in moving water, however, is gained at an enormous cost. Every hour the Navajo's generators spin, the plant spews more climate-warming gases into the atmosphere than almost any other facility in the United States. Alone, it accounts for 29 percent of Arizona's emissions from energy generation. The Navajo station's infernos gobble 15 tons of coal each minute, 24 hours each day, every day. ... Read more

Trump's Decision To Debate Sanders In California Is His Most Genius Move Yet
ZeroHedge | author | 05/27/16

If the Trump/Sanders debate proceeds as planned in California, you're about to witness one of the most important moments of a 2016 general election that hasn't even begun yet. To say such a debate would be an unmitigated disaster for Hillary Clinton would be the understatement of the century. Let's explore why. ... Read more

Hedge Fund Billionaire Slams Democracy, Says The "Tyranny Of The Majority Is An Unhealthy Development"
ZeroHedge | author | 05/27/16

In his latest letter to investors, OakTree Capital's Howard Marks goes political (slamming Trump's tariffs and Bernie's minimum wage machinations), shedding some blinding light on the economic reality of America, the dismal failure (and increasing impotence) of central bankers, and the ongoing "tryanny of the majority" warning that if everyone wants to tax-the-rich, soon there will be no rich to tax. As he concludes, short-term fixes simply cannot create wealth out of thin air (see Venezuela), as Churchill once said "for a nation to try to tax [or stimulate or devalue] itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." ... Read more

15 Grill Recipes That Will Take You Straight To Meat Heaven
BuzzFeed | author | 04/28/16

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, May 27 [11:19]
*DN | Bill McKibben on Exxon, the Power of Divestment, and Being Targeted by Shadowy Right-Wing Group, Part 1 (05/28/16) [7:15], Part 2 [3:46] *TRNN | Investigative journalist and author of Blackwater, Dirty Wars, and The Assassination Complex Jeremy Scahill talks about the secrets he's learned about our government's assassination programs, and domestic militarization. (05/27/15) [26:09]
TYT | Trump Rules Out Women And Minority Running Mates (05/26/16) [6:22]
TYT | Bernie Vs. Trump Debate May Actually Happen (05/26/16) [8:12]
RT | Keiser Report: Pensions Going Bankrupt (E919) (05/26/16) [25:46]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (05/27/16) [1hr]
Donald Trump now has enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination, according to the Associated Press. A State Department review criticizes Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. And 11 states sue the federal government over a transgender bathroom directive. A panel of journalists joins guest host Sabri Ben-Achour for analysis of the week's top national news stories
*DR | Friday News - International (05/27/16) [1hr]
President Barack Obama makes a historic visit to Hiroshima. The Taliban choose a new leader after a U.S. drone strike kills Mullah Mansour. And a far right candidate in Austria narrowly loses the presidential election. A panel of journalists joins guest host Sabri Ben-Achour for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Aljazeera | UpFront: Hiroshima: Was the atomic bomb necessary? (05/27/16) [2:33]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - France's paralysing strikes (05/26/16) [24:50]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

05.27.2016. 13:49

Thursday May 26, 2016
News Articles

The U.S. Military Budget Is the Work of True Scam Artists
AlterNet | William Hartung / Tom Dispatch | 05/25/16

The United States is on track to spend more than $600 billion on the military this year--more, that is, than was spent at the height of President Ronald Reagan's Cold War military buildup, and more than the military budgets of at least the next seven nations in the world combined. And keep in mind that that's just a partial total. As an analysis by the Straus Military Reform Project has shown, if we count related activities like homeland security, veterans' affairs, nuclear warhead production at the Department of Energy, military aid to other countries, and interest on the military-related national debt, that figure reaches a cool $1 trillion. ... Read more

**Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014) [5:32]

Clinton's inexcusable, willful disregard for the rules
WashingtonPost | author | 05/25/16

HILLARY CLINTON'S use of a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 has been justifiably criticized as an error of judgment. What the new report from the State Department inspector general makes clear is that it also was not a casual oversight. Ms. Clinton had plenty of warnings to use official government communications methods, so as to make sure that her records were properly preserved and to minimize cybersecurity risks. She ignored them.

The 83-page report declares that "beginning in late 2005 and continuing through 2011," the department revised its Foreign Affairs Manual and "issued various memoranda specifically discussing the obligation to use Department systems in most circumstances and identifying the risks of not doing so." Ms. Clinton didn't. ... Read more

"We Will Fight This All The Way To The Supreme Court" - 11 States Sue Obama Over Transgender Bathrooms
ZeroHedge | author | 05/26/16

Don't we have more pressing problems than this?? ... Read more


"The System Itself Is At Risk" Bill Gross Warns, Shorts Credit As "Day Of Reckoning Is Coming"
ZeroHedge | author | 05/26/16

Bill Gross, who manages the $1.3 billion Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, said he is moving to sell credit risk and insurance on market volatility rather than buying long-term debt, because he believes a day of reckoning will come when central banks will no longer be able to prop up asset prices and investors will withdraw from markets. ... Read more

The Anger Of The Unprivileged Is Rising Globally
ZeroHedge | author | 05/26/16

Interestingly, privilege serves the same purpose--benefiting the few at the expense of the many--regardless of the system's ideological labels. Socialist, Communist and free-market elites loot their populaces and national wealth with equal gusto. Those who came to do good and stayed to do well first accumulate privileges, which they then leverage into wealth and power. ... Read more

PoliticKING with Larry King | Ralph Nader on 2016 Race: U.S. Has Reached New Low (05/18/16) [25:00]
massive, out-of-control fire has been raging in boreal forest lands in Alberta, Canada
BBC | Firefighters battling a massive blaze in Canada's energy heartland were aided on Friday by a second day of light rain and winds that held flames back from oil sands facilities (05/20/16) [1:25]
The massive wildfires in Canada's oil-rich Alberta Province have resulted in a $760 million loss in oil sand production, according to a report by the economic think tank the Conference Board of Canada. The report estimates the fire cut Canadian oil output by over one million barrels per day which represents about a quarter of Canadian output
Destruction of FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta Canada after wildfire (05/19/16) [5:56]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, May 26 [12:14]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 25 [9:03]
TRNN | Media Professor Joao Feres Jr. says: Tapes Reveal Coup Plot (in Brazil) Against Rousseff, Weakening Temer Government (05/26/15) [8:33]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris discusses: IMF-Eurozone Deal Hailed as a Breakthrough, But No Relief for Greeks (05/26/15) [11:58]
TYT | Inspector General Issues Scathing Report On Hillary's Emails (05/25/16) [10:31]
TYT | Donald Trump Officially Invited To The Young Turks Debate (05/25/16) [5:06]
TYT | Where Cat Photos Are FORBIDDEN (05/25/16) [4:29]
RT | GoPro: Migrant boat capsizes in Med, 500 Libyans fight for lives amid Italian navy rescue (05/21/16) [1:55]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Has the Fossil Fuel Industry Taken Us Off the Cliff? (05/26/16) [5:19]
*DR | Congress Moves To Overhaul A 40-Year-Old Law That Regulates Toxic Chemicals (05/26/16) [1hr]
In 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act, which sought to regulate the safety of many chemicals in use, was signed into law. Now, Congress appears ready to give it a complete overhaul. The reason for the unusual display of bi-partisanship is a growing acknowledgement from a variety of interest groups that the law does not give the federal government enough authority to examine the safety of chemicals in use or to keep unsafe ones from coming on the market. After years of efforts to reform the law, this week the House passed a bill by big margins. The Senate is expected to follow. Guest host Sabri Ben-Achour and a panel of experts discuss overseeing the safety of chemicals.
*DR | Environmental Outlook: Wildfires, Climate Change And Boreal Forests (05/26/16) [1hr]
Since the beginning of May, a massive, out-of-control fire has been raging in boreal forest lands in Alberta, Canada. The fire forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray and halted oil sands production. Scientists say climate change has contributed to the growing number and severity of wildfires in the world's boreal forests. Hot, dry weather has lengthened fire seasons and created ideal conditions for wildfires. The fires in turn increase emissions of greenhouse gases. For this month's Environmental Outlook, we talk about wildfires, climate change and threats to North America's forests.
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

05.26.2016. 11:02

Wednesday May 25, 2016
News Articles

Elizabeth Warren Has Had It With Donald Trump
HP | Marina Fang | 05/24/16

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), amplifying her her recent attacks on Donald Trump, admonished the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in a no-holds-barred speech on Tuesday, calling him "a small, insecure money-grubber who doesn't care who gets hurt."

Warren recounted the story of a Nevada family whose home was foreclosed at the height of the 2008 economic crisis while accepting an award from the Center for Popular Democracy, an economic justice organization. The story served as a segue into an excoriation of comments Trump made before the crisis, hoping the housing market would crash so he could profit from it. ... Read more

Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump can NEVER be the President (05/24/16) [10:09]

Documents Show 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Distorted Military Record
TheIntercept | Matthew Cole | 05/25/16

NO AMERICAN HAS been more associated with the Navy SEAL mystique than Chris Kyle, known as the deadliest sniper in military history. His bestselling autobiography, American Sniper -- a story of honor, glory, and quiet heroism -- has sold more than a million copies. The movie adaptation became the highest-grossing war film in American history.

But Kyle, who was murdered by a fellow military veteran several years after leaving the Navy, embellished his military record, according to internal Navy documents obtained by The Intercept. During his 10 years of military service and four deployments, Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with Valor, a record confirmed by Navy officials. ... Read more

*New Study Predicts an Intolerably Hot World
TakePart | Emily J. Gertz | 05/23/16

Researchers say that unless fossil fuels are kept in the ground, global temperatures could rise more than 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2300.

"Our key finding is that if we continue to burn our remaining fossil fuel resources, the Earth will encounter a profound degree of global warming, of 6.4 to 9.5 degrees Celsius [about 11 to 17 degrees Fahrenheit] over 20th-century averages by 2300," said Katarzyna Tokarska, a climate scientist at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, who led the study. The Arctic's mean temperature could rise about 15 to 20 degrees Celsius (27 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit) over the next century if such trends continue. ... Read more

Inside the Arctic in 360º (05/24/16) [1:56]
Note: use your mouse to drag the scene around. There are bows of boats and polar bears.

Monetary Lunacy: The ECB Could End Up Funding Bayer's Purchase Of Monsanto
ZeroHedge | author | 05/25/16

Today we find an even more striking example of just how broken the global bond market has become thanks to the ECB because as Reuters writes, Bayer could receive financing from none other than the European Central Bank to help fund its takeover of the world's largest seed company, US-based Monsanto, according to the terms of the ECB's bond-buying program. ... Read more

TRNN | Jeff Cohen of RootsAction.org say: Democratic Nomination Battle is Not Over Yet (05/25/15) [9:22]
TRNN | Will Sanders Appointees Shake Up the Convention? (05/25/15) [8:39]
TYT | Bernie Sanders Picks Progressives To Shape Democratic Platform (05/24/16) [6:04]
TYT | Trump Goes Full Alex Jones On Bill Clinton (05/24/16) [11:01]
TYT | Hillary Clinton Flip-Flops On Superdelegates (05/24/16) [11:01]
TYT | Harry Reid: Hell No Elizabeth Warren Shouldn't Be Vice President (05/24/16) [8:21]
RT | CrossTalk: Bernie's Quest (05/24/16) [23:34]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Great Minds P1: Jim Hightower - Is populism different than progressivism? Part 1 (05/25/16) [12:56], Part 2 [12:08]
*DR | The Shake-Up At TSA: An Update On Airport Security (05/25/16) [1hr]
The Transportation Security Administration is under fire for long, slow airport screening lines and allegations of mismanagement. The latest on airport security at home, the shakeup at the TSA and the investigation into the EgyptAir crash.
Aljazeera | The Listening Post - Silencing the critics: Iraq's media muzzle (05/25/16) [25:00]
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05.25.2016. 13:33

Tuesday May 24, 2016
News Articles
*Recent Bernie Sanders Speeches


TYT | Hillary Clinton Now Losing To Donald Trump (05/23/16) [12:31]
TYT | NPR Tries To Keep Calm Amid Hillary's Plummeting Polls (05/23/16) [14:28]

Democratic Party Gives Bernie Sanders Bigger Role In Shaping Its Platform
HP | Marina Fang | 05/23/16

Under an agreement the party reached with Sanders and opponent Hillary Clinton, Sanders can select five people to serve on the party's platform committee, a third of the committee's members. Clinton will name six members, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), the party chair, will name four, according to the Washington Post.

Typically, the chair names all 15 members to the committee, which sets the party's agenda and guiding principles at the convention in July. This year's change is a concession to the Sanders campaign, which has accused the party of rigging the nominating rules against him and is concerned the party will ignore Sanders' progressive policy proposals with Clinton as the nominee. ... Read more

*TransCanada is suing the U.S. over Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. The U.S. might lose.
WashingtonPost | Todd Tucker | older, but important 01/08/16

On Jan. 6, TransCanada went to court to claim that the Obama administration's failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline violates U.S. obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. The company is asking for $15 billion in compensation from U.S. taxpayers. ... Read more

TPP and TTIP are worst
https://www.breakingthroughpower.org/ LIVE STREAMING

*Ralph Nader Presents - Breaking Through Power: A Historic Civic Mobilization
This "Civic Mobilization" will involve thousands of people at Constitution Hall and around the country and connect long-available knowledge to long-neglected action for the necessities and aspirations of people from all backgrounds. Many of the presentations will feature reforms and redirections for the common good enjoy Left/Right support.

  1. Breaking Through Power: How it's Done - May 23, 2016 will feature presentations by seventeen citizen advocacy groups. Over decades these activists have produced amazing accomplishments against powerful odds. These civic leaders will demonstrate how, with modest budgets and stamina, they have improved the health, safety and economic well-being of the people and focused public opinion onto decision-makers and opponents.
  2. Breaking Through Power: The Media - May 24, 2016, brings together also for the first time a large gathering of authors, documentary filmmakers, reporters, columnists, musicians, poets and editorial cartoonists. All of these presenters have documented or depicted entrenched wrongdoing by the corporate state or "crony capitalism"--the cruel impacts of corporate crimes and abuses, the absence of governmental law enforcement, and the harmful effects of concentrated corporate power.
  3. Breaking Through Power: War - May 25, 2016 is dedicated to enhancing the waging of peace over the waging of war.
  4. Breaking Through Power: Congress - May 26, 2016 will unveil a new Civic Agenda to be advanced by engaged and enraged citizens in each Congressional district. The Civic Agenda includes recognized necessities ignored by Congress for decades.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, May 24 [10:46]
TRNN | Michael Greenberger: Secret Exemptions Allowed Speculators to Distort Futures Markets (older, but good 08/29/11) [18:03]
TYT | Trump Admits Climate Change Is Real...At His Golf Course (05/23/16) [7:08]
*RT | Keiser Report: Bill Clinton's 'Economic Miracle' (E918) (05/24/16) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Great Minds P1: How Poverty Is Created By the Wealthy Part 1 (05/24/16) [12:48], Part 2 [12:23]
*DR | The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam (04/24/16) [1hr]
President Barack Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam. We discuss what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Charlevoix Michigan
I thought I would put a small pug in for Charlevoix, Michigan, the town I live in. Have a great summer.
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